Reviews & Features

Our reviews and ‘best of’ articles relating to music, food, art, shopping and more in and around Birmingham.

West Midlands filmmakers sign up Game of Thrones star for their latest film production

West Midlands filmmakers sign up Game of Thrones star for their latest film production

Game of Thrones star James Cosmo will play the lead role in the upcoming supernatural thriller Off Grid from West Midlands production company Dark Matter Films. Award-winning actor Cosmo… Read more »

The Kite Runner Review at The REP by Charlotte Burholt

The Kite Runner Review at The REP by Charlotte Burholt

Matthew Spangler’s adaptation of Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner is captivating from the moment the first kites grace the stage; free-flowing, dove-like and a reminder of the… Read more »

Free Things To Do In Birmingham by Imogen Burgoyne 

Free Things To Do In Birmingham by Imogen Burgoyne 

Whether it’s stepping away from the city centre to the peace of the countryside that you’re looking for, or immersing yourself in fascinating history and culture, Birmingham… Read more »

The Indian Streatery review by Lou Woodley

The Indian Streatery review by Lou Woodley

Myself and a friend were recently invited to review The Indian Streatery on Bennett’s Hill in Birmingham city centre. It was a busy Wednesday evening. We were… Read more »

The Wolf: St Patrick’s Day Irish Takeover review

The Wolf: St Patrick’s Day Irish Takeover review

Just a few minutes’ walk from Snow Hill Station, on the edge of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, is The Wolf. It’s a new independent bar, and a Birmingham… Read more »

5 Sizzling Steak outs in Birmingham by Rhiannon Simpson

5 Sizzling Steak outs in Birmingham by Rhiannon Simpson

Carnivores rejoice here it is our top 5, independent sizzling steak spots in Brum town. The Red Lion This proper boozer set in the hub that is… Read more »

Lions of Dissent announce new single and Birmingham live date

After the release of their debut EP, rotation on BBC 6 Music and selling out their debut live show in November 2017, Lions of Dissent return with… Read more »

GorillaBot release new video I’m Just a Robot

GorillaBot release new video I’m Just a Robot

GorillaBot follow up last year’s debut EP Malware with new video I’m Just a Robot. There are many great bands in this city but none as mysterious… Read more »

The Best Vintage Shops in Birmingham by Katie Ambler

The Best Vintage Shops in Birmingham by Katie Ambler

With vintage and retro garments becoming increasingly popular, it’s no surprise that Birmingham offers an array of vintage shops to accomplish that perfect look. If you are… Read more »

5 Places I Would Travel to if I Won the Lottery

5 Places I Would Travel to if I Won the Lottery

When we talk about ‘winning’ the lottery, we think about that elusive jackpot which is worth millions of pounds. Most of us secretly (and sometimes not so… Read more »

Quarterworkshop Ring-Making review by Sarah Puffin

Quarterworkshop Ring-Making review by Sarah Puffin

Nestled in the heart of Birminghams thriving Jewellery Quarter lies a gem of a place. The Quarterworkshop is situated in the quirky old Coffin works museum and… Read more »

The Winslow Boy review by Ieva Staveckaite

Based on the real life events of George-Archer Shee, Terrance Rattigan’s ‘The Winslow Boy’ (performed at The Rep) offers a captivating family drama based on a fight… Read more »

Ikon Gallery Bringing bold artists to Brindley Place in 2018

Ikon’s 2017 was nothing short of brilliant. Late November saw the close of an exhibition of German artist Kathë Kollwitz, curated in partnership with The British Museum…. Read more »

Film Birmingham launch FilmApp Birmingham

Film Birmingham today announced the launch of FilmApp Birmingham – a new online application tool for filmmakers: https://app.apply4.com/filmapp/uk/birmingham  Designed to support the city’s rapidly expanding film industry, FilmApp Birmingham… Read more »

Indico Indian street kitchen review

Indico Indian street kitchen review

I’ve passed Parkgate Shopping Centre, Stratford Rd, Shirley many times and until now, I’ve only seen it as an inconvenience, as I always end up in the lane… Read more »